plantar-warts3Dr. Faith of The Columbus Dispatch recently discussed the long term effects of plantar warts. Although plantar warts are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and certain strains of the virus have been associated with cancer, this does not mean your plantar wart will result in future complications. Often time most warts are benign and once they are treated effectively and gone, they will come back to cause additional problems. On certain occasions when a wart is not effectively treated, the virus might reappear on the skin after months or years of remaining unnoticed.

Plantar warts can be very unsightly and uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with plantar warts on your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

Treatment

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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flip-flops7As the weather begins to transition into a warmer atmosphere, many individuals will want to slip into more comfortable flip-flops; however, Cosmopolitan has come up with a few reasons why you should avoid the shoe type this season. Flip-Flops expose the feet to bacteria and other infections that can cause irritation to the skin as well as exposing the feet to athlete’s foot and HPV the cause of plantar warts. Studies have also shown that flip flops cause you to slow down and make you clumsier because of the shorter stride you would have to take while wearing the shoe. The thin strap that keeps the shoe on the foot is also a major cause of blisters and the thin foam in between the foot and the ground often cause heel pain, poor posture, shooting pains, and other foot problems.

Flip-flops can cause a lot of damage to the feet and rest of the body. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops are not only very popular, but very convenient, especially in the warmer weather. They allow your feet to breathe and let you move your toes freely. They also go with most attire and can be worn with many different clothing styles. Unfortunately, these type of shoes also have a disadvantage, as they can cause harm to your feet in more ways than you think. These symptoms include:

  • Ball and arch problems in the foot
  • Changes to the body’s natural gait
  • Blisters
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Higher risk of scrapes and cuts to the feet
  • Issues in the lower back, legs and ankles

To avoid these symptoms (and minimize your risks), select a pair of flip-flops made of high quality materials that can offer protection. Purchase flip-flops from a reliable manufacturer and be sure to replace them every three to four months. Be sure the soles are firm and not ‘floppy’, or that they don’t bend or wiggle a lot when lifted from the floor.

You can still wear your favorite pair of flip-flops if you so choose, just don’t wear them for extended periods of time, and especially not every day. However, it would be far wiser to purchase a more expensive pair of flip-flops or to refrain from wearing the shoe at all for the sake of your foot health. While these shoes are comfortable, the risks included with wearing them are not.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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corns2After shooing her dog with her foot, Australian designer Alannah Hill accidentally broke her toe, thumping it into a heavy Victorian skirting board. When Hill visited the doctor to get her toe fixed, a brown speck on the top of her toe caused her doctor to order a biopsy. On the fourth toe of her left foot is a small, irregular, dark dot—diagnosed as invasive malignant melanoma of the spreading type. Due to her catching the cancer early, however, Hill’s prognosis is “very good”.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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shoeLeo Faramelli of Leo’s Shoe Repair has a lot of experience selling and repairing shoes and has a vast understanding of how certain shoes can cause problems for the feet. “Older shoes are made a lot better. There’s much more real leather. Today, most of the shoe is vinyl to an extent,” Leo states. Today shoes are made with a cheaper grade of leather than is then coated with vinyl and plastic.

The shoes look great but that are not as quality, putting customers feet at risk for problems such as corns. Shoes made out of real leather will mold to your feet.

Shoes that are not properly suited for the feet can cause corns and other podiatric problems. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support
Treating Corns
Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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fallingAccording to J.T. Miller, children and younger relatives of the elderly should help them understand the importance of keeping their feet stable and healthy to prevent falls and other injuries. With age adults can become unsteady on their feet, so it is important to start with light exercising to make the legs and feet stronger for stability.

Safe footwear with rubber soles and low heels is the safest type of shoe for the elderly with the addition for proper fit and foot support. Canes and walkers are also available to aid in stability as well as a hand held grabber tool so they do not have to reach too high or low for certain items.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

The Elderly and their Feet
As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away.  Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
Shoes that don’t fit properly
Pressure sores
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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amazonAmazon, the e-commerce giant, may have received another firm to add to their well-known name called Shoefitr. The acquired company uses 3D technology to aid users in finding an appropriately fitting shoe size.

Shoefitr technology allows 3D scanning to scan the insides of the shoes that will provide quality measurements and determine how comfortably the shoe will fit the foot. As it appears many of Shoefitr’s customers are rivals of Amazon, this acquisition is a smart choice for the company.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
  • When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
  • Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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footproblemsAccording to recent research, medical professionals have access to platelet rich plasma (PRP) that has the potential to treat injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and chronic ulcerations. When injuries occur, the platelets inside of body naturally go to the point of injury begin a healing process, which may be why platelet therapy has been so successful.

However, the area of the body, the health of the patient, and the seriousness of the injury are all factors in how effective the therapy may be.  So far PRP therapy has been found to be the most helpful in soft tissue foot and ankle injuries. Many medical professionals believe this type of therapy could be an effective alternative to surgery.

If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain and would like to consider therapy, contact one of our podiatrists of Family and Foot Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Most common injuries
People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.        

If you have any questions about foot therapy, feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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obesity2According to Christina Drummond of the Star Press getting regular foot screenings is important to catch foot problems early, especially in those dealing with diabetes or obesity. Those suffering from obesity and diabetes are at an increased risk of circulation problems that can lead to amputation or other health problems.

Foot screenings involve an examination of the color and condition of the skin and by discussing any problems the patient may be having. Podiatrists can also use ultrasound technology to examine the blood flow in the foot and through the main arteries to identify any issues.

Any additional problems in the feet of those with obesity can be detrimental to foot health. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.

Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong. 

Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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3dshoesWhen runner Vicky Huber Rudawsky reinjured her stress fracture in her foot after putting too much pressure on it too soon, she learned a valuable lesson in patience. Once Huber Rudawsky was cleared by her doctor after waiting nearly a year to recover from her initial stress fracture she “hit the ground running” and immediately got back into heavy training.

The runner should have gradually got back into her routine starting with low weight-bearing activities such as swimming. Another way to prevent or reduce the probability of a stress fracture includes cross training, the alternating of activities so no one area of the body faces the same stresses every day. Wearing shoes with proper support and incorporating calcium and vitamin D in your meals can also prevent stress fractures.

Stress fractures are painful and can keep runners off of their feet for a long period of time. If you think you have a stress fracture contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • runners                                  
  • people affected with Osteoporosis
  • play tennis or basketball
  • gymnastics
  • high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

  • Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
  • A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
  • Set a regimen for running or other activity
  • Wear supportive shoes
  • If you experience any discomfort or stress stop what you are doing and get rest. If symptoms persist see an orthopedic specialist right away. 

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Cherry Hill, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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flatfleet2Julia Hartnett has suffered from soreness in her feet for years due to her flat feet. The 19-year-old’s feet gradually felt worse after playing volleyball regularly without an effective form of protection against the pain. After trying orthotic inserts and discovering that they would not work, Hartnett decided to get reconstructive surgery of her arch as a last resort. Since the surgery, Julia has experienced fantastic results in the reduction of the soreness she felt before the surgery. Although her feet can flatten again as she ages, the surgery reduced the pain so she can have a pain free life again.

Flat feet can be very problematic for some individuals. If you are experiencing pain in your flat feet contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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